I have to say when I wrote my favorite posts of 2019 last January, I never expected 2020 to turn out like it did. Of course no one did, but I can't help but reflect. 2020 was full of surprises!

Even though so much has gone wrong this year, I have to say, a lot has gone right! When we were forced to stay home, all of our priorities shone through. It re-centered our focus and helped us find happiness in the little things. I have not hated the slower pace! Honestly, I hope our schedule mimics 2020s more than 2019. 
While not meaning to fall of the face of the blogosphere, I'm sort of glad I did! My last post was almost exactly one month ago. My blogging break was an accident, but honestly I think I need to do it more often. In short, my real job has been non-stop for months, we were in the processes of selling our house and moving, and I just got burned out. Sometimes you just need to refill your cup, ya know? So, that's what I've been concentrating on. Cooking yummy meals at home, going to bed earlier and trying to focus on what was absolutely necessary.  My future posts might still be irregular, but I wanted to pop in and say Hey! 
I don't know if it's our new place, but I've just been loving cooking dinner! It definitely helps knowing cleaning up isn't going to be as tedious now that we have a dishwasher. 😂 Meal planning is something I have come to love. Sticking to the plan takes all the pressure off during the week, and keeps us on budget! Sometimes it's hard to come up with new ideas, so I thought I'd share a few recent recipes in case you need some inspiration! 
Happy Thursday Friends! Getting this post up a little late, but hey, it's still Thursday! 

One | Love Spell

After not wearing any perfume for years really, I felt like changing it up. Most fragrances give me a headache, but I still want to smell good, so it's kinda tricky. I wore Love Spell in High School, and got super nostalgic and bought a bottle. Isn't it just amazing how a scent can take you right back to a moment in time?! 
2020 has been such a strange year, but thankfully sometimes something good can come out of something bad. I never thought the year I turned 30 would be the year I got comfortable with my makeup free face! Honestly, I think I just forgot what I looked like without makeup, and then suddenly I wasn't wearing any for days at a time. Funnily enough, now I feel weird when I do wear makeup! (I put red lipstick on the other day and thought I looked like a clown.)
This week we were supposed to be closing on the sale of our house, but looks like we are going to be a little bit delayed! Lots of hurry-up-and-waiting happening around here. We've been working like dogs to get the final repairs and touch ups done! Another headache was that my debit card was frozen due to fraudulent charges...then we both ended up with colds, so yeah it's been a week.
After what felt like the longest reading drought ever, I'm finally back with some book recommendations! I picked up several books at the end of the summer/early fall that either I just couldn't get into or ended up being subjects that I did not expect and had to give up on.

My goal is to read 40 books this year and I'm at 32. I think I'd be much closer, but I seriously put down 5-6 books in the last few weeks. I'm going to try to kick it up a notch since we've got 2 months left! That's a book a week!  😮

Getting this post up quite late on Thursday, but it still counts! What a weird week, and I think this random post reflects that well. Between selling our house, work, and all of the craziness in between I've decided to make a conscious effort to focus on the positive and the little things that are going well!
Last week I had the extreme honor of being a guest speaker on a planner workshop! It was a workshop for beginners to see the value in paper planning. When I was asked to share something on the program, I was only drawing a blank. I mean, I've been paper planning for as long as I can remember, but to explain my ideas and systems to someone else was kind of daunting.

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! 

One | This water bottle!! I'm so excited about it. My sister in law asked me to make her a water bottle with the lines on it with water drinking goals. I have been on the hunt for months-but couldn't find the perfect water bottle. It needed to be big enough, but also translucent enough to see the liquid inside. But, also economical too. 
Grove Collaborative is an online store where I order the majority of my cleaning products, and lots of my beauty products as well! Because we get an order just about every month, I like to share what we ordered here on the blog. 

This months Grove order was larger than normal! There are definitely my old faithfuls here, but I am also excited to try some new things too. Here's what we got:
This week it seemed like all of my packages arrived on the same day! Definitely got some exciting things, and I thought I'd use today's Thursday Three post to share. I'm going to try really hard to freeze extra spending for the next few months as we move, so the excitement of these deliveries is going to have to last me a while! 
We've been in a strange limbo since going under contract on our house. Our engines are reving, but there are still some hoops to jump through to make sure the sale actually happens. It's made me very hesitant to pack because it's not over until the fat lady sings, ya know? Plus, our house looks it's best with our cute stuff in it, and I want it to look it's best for the appraiser, home inspector and potentially if we have to put it back on the market if something falls through. 
One | Snapscara 
I'm always hunting for great drugstore makeup! Allie recommended Snapscara, and I picked up a bottle on my last Walmart run. It was less than $6 and it's an excellent mascara! The wand is different from any other mascara I've used, but it works really well and lasts all day long with zero flakes. 
Where to start? Well, surprise! Our house is under contract! We are selling! I can hardly believe it as I type those words. I feel like I have so much to catch you up on. 

What to Watch

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Normally, I don't have too much leisure TV time! Once we sit down for the evening, we usually watch one of our many, many movies on VUDU and I pretty much fall asleep within 15 minutes of getting comfy! That's why I'm surprised I have more than one recommendation for you! 
File this under something I didn't know I needed until I got them! Blake has some of these wireless earbuds and he loves them. Amazon ran a deal of the day on them and asked me if I wanted a pair for running. Funnily enough, I haven't worn them running yet, but I LOVE them for everyday use. They are great for wearing around the house and listening to audiobooks. I also love the fun case that they fit in for charging. 
One | A Week Away
I cannot begin to express how much we needed a getaway! We, like most people, are not used to staying put. We normally have several trips planned throughout a year, and we are very grateful we got to take one last big trip before the world turned upside down. The last 6 months have taken it's toll though! We have loved being at home, but there are still stressors at home.  
I've been sharing my monthly Grove orders for the past few months, but I didn't need anything in August so you didn't see a post this past month. Imagine how shocked I was to see a box on my porch! Grove sent me their new fall line to review! It's embarrassing how giddy I was opening this box! Everything in this collection is just stunning. I love the copper details and all the fall scents. Especially the Apple Crisp dish and hand soap. We might be a long way from fall temperatures here, but this definitely got me excited! 
I've got a fun, impromptu clothing haul to show you today! Fall fashion is still a long ways away for us, but it hasn't stopped me from looking! 

One | What an interesting week! 
It's been one for the books. We've been dealing with a little health situation and also trying to make plans for the future this week. There is nothing like your health that puts things into perspective! Everything will be fine and I'm not worried about things working out because they always do. 
Is it just me, or does it seem like every girl from High School is selling essential oils these days? No hate here, as I am all about women working hard to support their family. And, I'm an essential oil fan! It's just that the big essential oil companies rub me the wrong way. I don't like the pressuring your friends and family to buy things aspect, but mostly, I'm just always on the hunt for a good deal. And hey, I get it, high quality products are going to cost more. 
One | At Home Pedicures
I've been painting my own nails forever, but it's still nice to go and have a real pedicure. I was already saving pedicures for special occasions, but even more so now. But, my feet were begging for a pedicure! I picked up a few supplies at Walmart, and gave myself an at home pedicure. Complete with soaking my feet in warm soapy water. It was so relaxing and my feet honestly ended up just as soft and groomed as when I go to the salon. The only thing missing is the foot massage, but hey, this was still a simple, cheap treat. 
Between working from home and barely going anywhere but Walmart, I haven't been too inspired in the fashion department lately. I've been day dreaming of fall (even though it's going to be several months before we see any kind of temperature dip!) because of the cute clothes!

I'm back to my half marathon training, which means most of my daily outfits have been based on running clothes. So much so that whenever I put on a 'real' outfit, I felt like it deserved documenting!!
Here are a few recent looks:
Hi Friends, and happy Thursday once again! This makes my third week of Thursday Three posts, and I'm really excited about this new series. It's really easy to think of three things to share, and I hope you enjoy this little peek into my week.

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My goal is to read 40 books in 2020, and I just hit number 27! Super excited about that. That number would be a lot higher if I hadn't quit several books this month. I don't know about you but if a book doesn't grab me pretty quickly I rarely stick with it. That's why I rely other's recommendations so much! Here's a couple from me:Recent Reads | 2020 Book Suggestions | Kristenwoolsey.com
Impulse buy? Definitely! When I saw this Chick Fil A Polynesian Sauce at Walmart I just had to get it. They were also selling their signature Chick Fil A Sauce on the same display. Not the most healthy condiment, but super fun to recreate take out at home. Amazon has this sauce available, but the price is much higher than what I found at Walmart in store. 

While no expert, I have always been amazed at what the body can do when it's nourished! Because I'm not a doctor, I don't want you to take any of the following information as professional advice. I simply love learning about nutrition and thought I'd share the vitamins I take on a regular basis. 

Multivitamin - A good multivitamin can help you get a well rounded dose of vitamins and minerals. I have been enjoying the HONU women's multi. Pros: These are vegan, they come in a glass bottle, and tons of good stuff inside. Cons: The serving size is 2 tablets, and they are quite large. (Honestly, I just take 1.) Also, this is a vitamin that turns your pee neon. And, these aren't the cheapest. Vitamins aren't cheap in general though. 
I've been having the strangest year with my hair! Everytime I'm out in the sun my hair gets lighter. That's kind of how it's always been, but in the last year my hair just wants to lighten to a very red-orange blonde color. I've dyed it a couple of time to get it back to a normal darker color. I decided to try using a purple shampoo meant to take out brassiness and it's been helping a lot! I don't mind it getting lighter, I just don't want that horrible brassy color! 

And this Loreal is a whopping $7, so totally worth a try! 

July Grove Order

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Seedling Tree Free TP - Such a great buy! It's not the plushest paper out there, but we love that it's sustainable and that's it's available to ship to our front door. They even had it in stock when everyone was hoarding TP earlier this year. 

Reusable Mop Pad - I bought the Grove mop last month, even though I don't think I included it in my June Grove post? Well, I should have! It's an excellent mop and I'm thrilled with it. It's telescopic, so it's very easy to store. It came with one washable mop pad, and so I grabbed another in this month's order. 

Since quarantine began, I've been just about living in my athletic clothing! I get dressed up for our Zoom meetings, but that's been it. Plus it's July in Florida, so putting on jeans has not been at the top of my priority list! But, I decided to put on a real outfit so I could do some stuff for my Etsy instagram and thought I'd share this cute look with you guys! 
I hesitated even writing this post, because I feel like it's not helpful or informative like I prefer my posts to be. But, I haven't posted in over a week, and I felt like I needed to pop in to say I'm alive! In fact, we are just doing what (most of) the rest of the world is doing and staying at home. 

Over all, I am perfectly content at home. I miss having friends over and I miss being able to make plans. Our trip to Ireland for the fall was officially cancelled by the airline, so that was a bummer, but expected. We are hoping to reschedule for the spring, but who knows what things will be like then. 
We are going to call this a camera roll diary! If you were scrolling through my phone pictures, this is what you'd find. (Minus a million Etsy shots...)

Monogrammed Masks
My sweet mom in law made Blake and I some reusable masks, and I'm so grateful! We kept mixing them up, so I threw a little monogram on each one. So very 2020!

Book Recommendations

1 Star = Hated It -  2 Stars = Didn't Like It - 3 Stars =Liked It -
 4 Stars = Really Liked It - 5 Stars = Loved it

Plot: From Goodreads: When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend's marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened.
What I Liked: Oh gosh, this book was so emotional! I was expecting a romance, and it was more of a story of friendship. How the dream plays out in reality is so well done and I enjoyed this book a lot!
What I Didn't Like: While the emotional roller coaster is well done, it's pretty intense. 
Rating: 5 Stars

Love these bags! They last a long time, but it was time to add a few more to our collection. We use them for storing leftover foods mostly, but we have used them for traveling also. They wash well! 

I use washable cotton pads for my day to day skincare routine, but I don't want to use the washable pads for removing nail polish. So, I buy a bag of cotton rounds for that every once in a while. These will last forever. Organic cotton too, which is nice. 
This girl can't resist a good midi dress! I can't tell you how long this particular dress has been in my Amazon cart. I've been eyeing it for ages, but never could talk myself into actually buying. I'd even see other bloggers wearing it, and think "just buy the dress!".

If it's not apparent, I'm not a big spender. I rarely buy something without a good coupon, or a Fetch reward to cash in! Well, finally, I bought the dress! 

Salmon Avocado Salad
One of my favorite things to make in the summer are salads! This one is so light and delicious. Next time I will buy just one salmon fillet, and we can split it! This was a huge salad! 

Calories: 329kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 25.5g, Fat: 20.5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 62.5mg, Sodium: 287mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 2.5g

Salmon Avocado Salad
Vinyl Decal Etsy Shop

I started my Etsy shop in 2018 selling planning printables. There were a modest amount of listings, but it was nice to make passive income selling digital downloads. When I got my Cricut machine last year, I mainly used it for myself (and still do!), but I dabbled in listing a few designs in the shop. Mostly though, I was too nervous to put any effort into it! It was a very casual approach. I'd make a few bucks here and there, which was nice.

When 2020 was approaching, I decided I wanted it to be my year for Etsy! I spent extra time creating designs, listing new items and even doing a little advertising. January and February had a dramatic increase in sales. Very encouraging to see that a little effort paid off. 
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There is a reason everyone loves these leggings! They are incredibly flattering, and functional. I love the pockets! It takes some effort to get them on, but once they are on, they aren't going anywhere. Which is very important on a run! If you aren't a member of Fabletics, you can use my link to sign up and usually new members get 2 leggings for $24. 
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Alba Botanica Sunscreen
I'm still on the hunt for a good mineral sunscreen that doesn't make me turn white as a ghost, but for now I'm really loving how this sunscreen smells and that it's free of a lot of gross ingredients! Maybe this is a Florida thing, but I have this on Subscribe and Save and get a fresh bottle each month. 

Believe it or not, I woke up to a clean kitchen. You can't tell that from the following photos, however, because I made a giant mess with a marathon of cooking and meal prepping! This morning I made air fryer bagels, cut up a watermelon, tried a new recipe for energy bites, and made a fresh batch of my laundry detergent. Needless to say, my kitchen was a wreck!

Looking on the bright side, it made for some pretty incredible before and after photos. Let's get to work!

Kitchen Cleaning Routine
Hi Friends and Happy Friday! Here are 5 things I want to tell you about:

One | Target Dress
I'm loving the tiered dress style! I picked this dress up on my last Target run. I might look a little frumpy, but I will totally get over it for how comfy this dress is! I can't find the exact dress to link, but Target has several similar styles right now. 

Mercair Versus Poshmark | Which resale platform is better? | www.kristenwoolsey.com

If you've been reading for any length of time, you know I have a passion for shopping used. I love the thrill of finding the perfect item for a fraction of the cost as new! Almost as much as I love that feeling, I also love making money from things we aren't using. Ebay has been really successful for me over the years, but I've also ventured into other apps/websites.

I mainly used Poshmark, but in the last few months Mercari also popped up on my radar. I was used to using Poshmark, and didn't really think that one app was better than the other. Then again, I wasn't really having huge success with Poshmark, so I decided to give Mercari a go. Spoiler alert-Mercari is now my preference. Let's talk about the differences and why I have a new favorite. (But, also why you might like Poshmark better!)

Because I'm really nosey, and I love to see what other people are buying-I thought maybe you guys are curious too. Grove Collaborative is something I talk about on the blog all the time, so you are probably already familiar with the company. In a nutshell, it's an online store for clean beauty and home items. It can be set up like a subscription and you can get all your favorites sent automatically. 

If you are a new to Grove you can get a free cleaning gift set with my link. (And don't forget to use Rakuten with your first purchase for cash back as well!)
Here's what I got:

ColorStreet Nails
My sister in law started selling ColorStreet Nail Strips, and she gave me a sample to try and it turned out so cute! It's a really easy process and it lasts a long time. Plus they are easy to remove. Perfect timing for not being able to get a manicure at a salon. I tried the color Tokyo Lights, and paired it with Essie's Bahama Mama.
You wouldn't believe how excited I was to write this post! It seems like while everyone has been stuck at home more, cleaning and cooking trends have gone viral. One of those viral cleaning hacks I've seen over and over again in the past few weeks is laundry stripping. I had never heard of laundry stripping before, but the before and after photos pulled me in right away!

How To: Laundry Stripping

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I've been a It Cosmetics concealer person for years, but lately I noticed it was settling under my eyes in a very unattractive way. (It's perfect for blemishes though!) I wanted to try something thinner, and this was the perfect choice. I love the colorstay foundation, and have been equally happy with this concealer. I got the shade light medium. 
Clean With Me | Master Bathroom | www.kristenwoolsey.com

Is there anything more satisfying than a clean house? Yes. Watching other people clean their houses and you didn't have to do any of the work. 😂 I hoping to supply a little before and after satisfaction for you today!

We've been using Instacart for over a year now, and it has been a lifesaver! Especially in the last few weeks. Since we've been using it, most of our shoppers have been excellent. I can really only remember once or twice when we were brought the wrong thing. Lately, Instacart has hired a bunch of new shoppers, and in the last few weeks I can tell we've had some newbies shopping for us. 
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I've been a home workout enthusiast for years now! Maybe it's because I'm pretty self motivated, but I actually prefer it over the gym. I know a lot of people are working out from home right now, even if it's against their choice. Here is a peak into my current home workout:

1 Star = Hated It -  2 Stars = Didn't Like It - 3 Stars =Liked It -
 4 Stars = Really Liked It - 5 Stars = Loved it

Plot: From Goodreads: Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included. When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving—the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning. But a tiny baby abandoned on a front porch changes her plans…
What I Liked: I read this because my mom had watched the Netflix series and recommended it. It's very Hallmark movie and super easy to get into. FYI the show and the book are very different.
What I Didn't Like: I can't really remember anything specifically I didn't like about this, but I will say it's pretty cheesy.
Rating: 5 Stars
I took this photo at Lowes the other day, isn't it gorgeous?
Truthfully, not a lot. On the days when I watch a lot of tv, I don't end up feeling great about the way I spent the day. We have been watching a movie in the evenings though, even though I usually fall asleep. I finally watched Little Women, and it was good, just a little slow. And, we actually watched the newer Jumanji movie recently and we were dying laughing. Definitely missed that when it came out. If you haven't seen it yet, watch Yesterday. It's so cute and the music is awesome!
This isn't a fashion blog, by any means, but I do love sharing my favorite things with you! At the start of the spring season I bought a few pieces, but since then I have really cut back on any extra spending. You'll have to let me know in the comments below what your online shopping has looked like lately! Are you doing a lot of online shopping, or are you being extra careful right now?

Don't forget to use Rakuten for cash back on all your online orders!

Without further ado, here are a few clothing items I've bought and loved recently! It's a bit of a variety...

I originally bought these two dresses because I had 3 events I needed dresses for, and since then they've been cancelled. Oh well! I am still thrilled with both patterns! Especially the snakeskin print...it's very different than anything I own. And obviously, I love the navy. This dress is very light and comfortable. Very easy to wear, and I know I will get a lot of wear out of them in the future.

7am - Don't even need to set an alarm each night, but my body still wakes me up at 7 even when I can sleep in! The first thing I do, besides brush my teeth and go to the bathroom, is take the pugs out. They are always thrilled when I'm up for the day, because it means breakfast! I make them go outside to do their business first though. This morning, however I immediately freaked because in our side yard was an Opossum. Super common animal here, but not in the day time, and certainly not something I want Winston running after. 
With all of the extra time on my hands, you'd think I would be Cricut-ing up a storm! Honestly, I haven't had much drive to create so far. But, I have made a few things over the last few weeks I thought I'd share! 

First up, shirts for my niece and nephews! I had quite a surplus of glitter vinyl, so Gia totally hit the jackpot with some cute stuff. I want her baby yoda pjs so badly! 

(This post is not sponsored, but Grove Collaborative did send me some of these items for free in exchange for reviews on their website)
Rooted Beauty Skin Care Review | www.kristenwoolsey.com

I shared my natural DIY skin care routine over 2 years ago! I loved that routine, and absolutely still stand by those recipes. After awhile, though, it's just nice to change things up! Grove Collaborative sent me a couple of their Rooted Beauty products when they launched the line last fall, and I fell in love with them! I ended up buying almost everything else in the product line up. I've been using this system since November, and I just love how my skin has been looking. 
At this point in our adventure, we were getting pretty tired. Sedona was the perfect way to break up all the hiking we'd be doing. When we arrived, we really enjoyed walking around the downtown area, popping in and out of shops. There are a lot of unique shops in Sedona! 

We really enjoyed this seperate artisan area. It felt like another country! We loved checking out a vintage record store, and enjoyed a whiskey tasting. 

Looking at these pictures makes me feel sore all over again, haha! One of the things I really wanted to do on our trip was go horseback riding. Originally, we planned to do it in Zion National Park, but the company we were interested in wasn't open until the following week. So we decided to do it in Monument Valley! I can't think of a better way to see these amazing monuments! 

File Horseshoe Bend under totally unexpected! It's such a neat spot. I had imagined it'd be a quick place to pull over a snap a photo, but it ended up being much more than that. There is a fee to park, and limited facilities. The parking lot is actually about a half a mile 'hike' to the bend. There are fenced in portions, but there are also tons of places you can walk right up to the edge. (Another day of being nervous watching people risk their lives for Instagram shots.)
In the second installment of our 10th anniversary trip (here is day 1), here are some scenes from the Grand Canyon! Neither of us had been before, and I was truly blown away. This is going to sound dumb, but the Grand Canyon is so much bigger than I ever thought. It's so vast, and incredible. 

As I mentioned in the Zion post, I am afraid of heights. I almost forgot I was afraid of heights until going on this trip! I stayed really far from the edge when possible, but it was other people that made me a ball of nerves this entire day. So many people were taking huge risks for photos! 

Blake and I just got back from an epic 10 year anniversary trip! Choosing a destination was challenging at first, because we typically go for more tropical destinations, which isn't always practical in February. Blake mentioned that he had always wanted to do a big Grand Canyon trip-something that I had never considered.

Once the research began, though, I became really excited about it! He did most of the planning, so that made it really fun for me. Long story short we had an amazing time, and I have the travel bug more than ever! 
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Hospitality is truly a southern tradition that my parent's deeply ingrained in me growing up. We always had people over, and guests coming and going. My parents would roll out the red carpet for people, and it always made everyone feel so comfortable. I absolutely loved living in a home that no one wanted to leave!  

When I had a home of my own, I knew I wanted to have that same sense of hospitality. Our guest room definitely reflects that. You've gotten a glimpse in here before when we redecorated it a few years ago. The decor hasn't changed much since that post, but I wanted to share a few things with you today that I always make sure to do before our guests arrive! 

Changing Things Up
As a recovering chronic redecorator, I am still thrilled by changing things up around the house. This time though, I've been moving a few things around and doing minor refreshing. SO in love with these pillowcases I picked up from Amazon. They are kinda farmhouse-y meets coastal-which is what our house aesthetic has kind of turned into. 

With dogs, I have to buy fabrics that can be washed. The best way for us to do throw pillows, is to stick to the ones with cases. I got these pillow from Ikea years ago, and they are such a good product for the price. It's super easy to replace the cases when the old ones wear out. 

On February 27th, we celebrate 10 years married! Honestly, it's been 10 years of bliss. We've worked hard to have an amazing marriage, and I'm super proud of that. My sweet sweet sister threw us a little party to celebrate! 

It was truly the most fun party I've ever been to. There is something super special about having all the people you love in one room. (Well almost all!) We had a private room in one of our favorite breweries, and had so much fun visiting and having drinks with our friends and family. 

There were so many beautiful details, like copycat centerpieces that we had at our wedding! We also had a fantastic caterer who made a stunning grazing table. It was a work of art, and delicious! Note also the lovely dessert table, complete with pug cookies. 

1 Star = Hated It -  2 Stars = Didn't Like It - 3 Stars =Liked It - 4 Stars = Really Liked It - 5 Stars = Loved it

Plot: From Goodreads:Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."
What I Liked: This book is based on a real school for boys near my hometown of Tallahassee. It's been in the news a lot in the last few years because of the number of unmarked graves that have been found. It was absolutely fascinating/horrifying to read about something that took place so close to home. My grandparents lived in Tallahassee during this time period, and it was really neat to imagine the Tallahassee they knew and recognize places mentioned in this story. 
What I Didn't Like: Obviously, the subject matter on this one is really tough, and hard to read. 
Rating: 5 Stars
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